Music Talks With Children


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"A book of this kind, though addressed to children, must necessarily reach them through an older person. The purpose is to suggest a few of the many aspects which music may have even to the mind of a child. If these chapters, or whatever may be logically suggested by them, be actually used as the basis of simple Talks with children, music may become to them more than drill and study. They should know it as an art, full of beauty and of dignity; full of pure thought and abounding in joy. Music with these characteristics is the true music of the heart. Unless music gives true pleasure to the young it may be doubted if it is wisely studied.

Our failure to present music to the young in a manner that interests and holds them is due not so much to the fact that music is too difficult for children, but because the children themselves are too difficult for us. In our ignorance we often withhold the rightful inheritance. We must not forget that the slower adult mind often meets a class of difficulties which are not recognized by the unprejudiced child. It is not infrequent that with the old fears in us we persist in recreating difficulties."
(From the Preface) (3 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:12 Read by Patrick Wells
What The Face Tells 3:04 Read by Patrick Wells
Why We Should Study Music 7:50 Read by Patrick Wells
Music in the Heart 7:47 Read by Patrick Wells
The Tones About Us 8:11 Read by Patrick Wells
Listening 8:16 Read by Patrick Wells
Thinking in Tone 8:44 Read by Kara Shallenberg
What We See and Hear 7:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Classics 7:05 Read by Nathan Heck
What We Should Play 6:36 Read by Nathan Heck
The Lesson 7:49 Read by Maggie Travers
The Light on the Path 2:52 Read by Maggie Travers
The Greater Masters 8:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Lesser Masters 6:46 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Harmony and Counterpoint 10:00 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Music and Reading 6:06 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Hands 9:35 Read by Maggie Travers
What the Roman Lady Said 8:02 Read by Maggie Travers
The Glory of the Day 8:40 Read by Maggie Travers
The Ideal 8:32 Read by Maggie Travers
The One Talent 8:36 Read by Maggie Travers
Love For the Beautiful 6:57 Read by Kara Shallenberg
In School 7:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Music in School 6:52 Read by Kara Shallenberg
How One Thing Helps Another 6:37 Read by Kara Shallenberg
The Child at Play 2:37 Read by Kara Shallenberg